On Its 25th Birthday, We Want to Hear About Your First Time with Linux
Linux turned twenty-five years old this month. Do you remember where you were when Linus Torvalds first announced his open source operating system kernel to the world in August 1991?
Maybe you were already hacking on Minix and hoping, like Torvalds, for something that suited your needs better. Perhaps you were waiting with bated breath for the release of GNU's kernel, the Hurd, and disappointed by its perennial delays. Or you were running Net/2 BSD but wishing for a Unix clone tailored to your Intel 386 computer, as Linux was.
Alternatively, maybe you running MS-DOS, blissfully unaware of the free software revolution that was slowly churning among hackers. It was only years after Linux was born that you started experimenting with Linux-based operating systems.
Or maybe you weren't even born yet in 1991, and had the luxury of coming of age after Linux and open source were already tried-and-true options for computer users who wanted something different than Windows and Mac OS X.
Whatever your story, this is the place to share it. To celebrate Linux's twenty-fifth birthday, The VAR Guy invites you to explain below when and why you first started using Linux, and what your experiences with it have been since.